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Artus Court in Gdansk






Bourgeois magnificent palace, built on the site of the original in 1477-1481. The name was taken from a very popular in the Middle Ages the legend of King Arthur, the symbol of chivalry and bravery. It was the seat of several fraternities. Brotherhood of the elite gathering of Gdansk - the representatives of the middle class and wealthy patricians, the artisans, shopkeepers, and all engaged in wage labor admission was strictly prohibited. Rich merchants and foreign guests gathered here in the evening, bringing the advance payment for drunk liquor. Variety feasts were various performances - musicians, singers, linoskoczków, jugglers.

Originally a Gothic facade was rebuilt for the first time in 1552 in the Italian Renaissance style. Then you can see the appearance of the Main Town Hall in the picture, "The Apotheosis of the Gdansk trade" Isaac van den Blocke. The front of the Artus Court was designed by Abraham van den Blocke in 1617. Appear on the ancient rock-hewn heroes Scipio Africanus, Themistocles, Camillus and Judah Maccabee. Placed above allegorical statues of Justice and Strength. The summit is crowned statue of the goddess Fortuna. The portal Gdańskers gold medallions placed in the bust Polish king Sigismund III and his son, Prince Ladislaus IV. The northern part of the facade of the palace retained its Gothic character.